The Terrible, Obnoxious, Hard-To-Define, Very Bleh Day with a Drive-on Lift

“The Terrible, Obnoxious, Hard-To-Define, Very Bleh Day with a Drive-on Lift”

A “Children’s Story”

Author’s Note: A drive-on lift (not pictured anywhere in this story) refers to a portable home car lift that engages the wheels, not the frames. This is not to be confused with wheel-engaging four-post lifts. Drive-on home lifts severely limit functionality, as you’ll see below, and are advertised mainly to “hobbyists.”

I remember my very first home car lift. I was so excited to use it that I set it up the night before, just so I wouldn’t waste any time. It was going to be a GREAT day.

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Open-center design offered by QuickJack, not drive-on home lifts

I fell asleep with an oily rag in my hand, and woke up with oil in my hair. When I got out of bed, I had a sinking feeling it was going to be a terrible, obnoxious, hard-to-define, very bleh day with my new entry-level drive-on lift.

When I made it down to my garage to pull my car into the driveway, it was already really hot out. My neighbor had a Corvette that was lifted with his QuickJack portable car lift. It probably took him less than two minutes to set up both his lift and his car. With QuickJack’s push-button controls, he was doing a fraction of the work I was about to do.

But I had my drive-on lift ready to go, and by the time I was done pulling out the large assembly, driving my car onto the ramps, lugging out my floor jack and jacking up the car by the lift’s jack point, I was really sweaty. It was already looking like a terrible, obnoxious, hard-to-define, very bleh day with my drive-on lift.

My neighbor was changing his oil and brake pads, and rotating his tires, just like me. I lay across my creeper, slid under the car and drained my oil. So far it was all going okay. Maybe it wouldn’t be such a very bleh day after all! Once my oil was changed, I stood for a second looking at my car. My insides screamed, “HOW CAN I DO A TIRE ROTATION IF THE WHEELS AREN’T EVEN IN THE AIR?” My neighbor was already wrenching off his lug nuts on his second rear tire. I was going to have to pull out my jack stands and jack my car up.

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Easy. Safe. Stable. No crossbars.

What’s the point of a drive-on lift if I have to use jacks stands anyways? My neighbor’s QuickJack was frame-engaging, so his wheels were off the ground from the start, and he looked like he was having a much easier time than me. Keep in mind, I had to pay several hundred dollars extra to get a pair of bridge trays with my lift, so I could put a bottle jack bottle (which set me back another 50 bucks, folks) between the frames and place jack stands. “Yippee.”

Now my car was on stands, but it was also up on a lift, which I had to admit looked ridiculous since stands alone would have done the same thing and saved me a lot of time, money and effort. At that moment, I truly regretted buying this thing and suffering through this terrible, obnoxious, hard-to-define, very bleh day with my drive-on car lift. In total, I had to use a floor jack, a bottle jack and four jack stands. I couldn’t help but wonder why I didn’t just use jacks and stands on the concrete of my driveway. That would have made it just as easy to change my oil and rotate my tires. On the other hand, QuickJack lifted and locked my neighbor’s Corvette in place in about thirty seconds with the push of a button.

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Bath time with QuickJack!

I looked over and could see my neighbor was really struggling with his brakes. He was practically standing on his wrench, but his QuickJack frames didn’t budge. The makers of my drive-on lift said that hydraulic, frame-engaging lifts tend to tilt and become unsafe. Their drive-on lift was advertised as a much safer and simpler solution. From what I could see, he was exceptionally safe with QuickJack. AND he was having an easier time.

When it comes to wheel service, my drive-on lift is really nothing but a glorified ramp. Long story short, I rotated my tires and packed it in. I didn’t even feel like doing my brakes. Lowering the car off the stands took enough time as it was, and I still had to store all the tools and equipment I’d been using. Then I had to lower the lift, disassemble the ramps, find a place to store all the bulky parts, etc. etc.

My little story is funny, because all I really set out to do was share a simple story about my terrible, obnoxious, hard-to-define, very bleh day with a drive-on car lift. I think I achieved something else altogether… Oh well!

The end.

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There are spaces only QuickJack can go

Will You Trust QuickJack More if it SURVIVES?

The story of our soon-to-be-infamous QuickJack durability test began on a quiet afternoon in early June. The cherry blossoms were in full bloom, the blowing breeze but a forgotten whisper of time long ago…

Okay, let’s start over. The story does begin in early June, but there were no cherry blossoms, and no one was whispering.

The true origin of this event takes place on the internet. Anyone who follows our videos knows we read just about everything that everyone has ever said about QuickJack. We’re obsessed with improving our product and ensuring a better user experience for anyone who owns it. That means even one or two instances of a sub-optimal review drive us into action.

And so it happened just like that. We received a couple of reviews stating (in language we can’t repeat here) that QuickJack doesn’t look like it’s going to hold up over time. Aka it’s flimsy, puny or somehow inferior to other garage lifts. To settle these concerns, we knew we had to attack the comments head-on. We could have just let it go instead, but we’re all a bit on the tenacious side.

After considerable discussion and planning, as well as some hand-wringing from the higher-ups when the “big test” idea was pitched, we went through with the original plan full-throttle. Why the hand-wringing? Well, imagine you run a company and your marketing team approaches you to say, “You know what would be GREAT? Let’s throw one of our most successful products off the roof of our highest building and film it.” We’re pretty sure Maytag and Kenmore don’t have to deal with these shenanigans from their teams. Somehow, they agreed to this crazy scheme.

After seeing the first mini-test, which involves a fork lift and a pick-up truck, we weren’t going to fully convince the haters that QuickJack could truly hold up under severe conditions. We needed to go big or go home. After all, our goal was to make a video that proved once and for all that QuickJack will remain problem-free no matter how hard it gets smashed and bashed around the garage. Since the frames are meant to be jostled around a lot, the test would need to show a lot of jostling. The more violence we could show while keeping a PG rating, the better. And, you know, we have a 40-foot roof with substantially thick concrete underneath, so in a way, how could we not throw QuickJack off of it? It’s perfect logic—don’t question it.

Like any tool you’ve ever owned, or car you’ve ever driven, if you use QuickJack enough, it’s going to receive a few cosmetic battle scars. Paint scratches and surface indentions are all harmless. We sincerely doubt you’ll ever find a way to truly “break” it, as long as you adhere to the manual’s usage and maintenance schedule. The haters can hate on that all they want.

The video below was made for everyone who wants to know what QuickJack is really made of; who wants to know if their garage lift can withstand the rigors of time in a shop or home garage; who wants to be the one with the lift, and not the one borrowing for once! If you meet a hater, show them this destruction test as solid proof that we mean what we say when we call QuickJack an extremely rugged and totally revolutionary tool. Enjoy.

2018 QuickJack April Fools Day Reveal

It’s been over a month, but we had a lot of fun on the last weekend of March (and April 1) with an April Fools’ product page for a purported QuickJack bus lift. Some people weren’t fooled for a second, but there were still plenty of gotcha-worthy reactions. (We sent the link to a new person on our team, and she totally bought it for like 30 seconds, so, yeah.)

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Ladies and gentlemen, the QuickJack BL-35000XXXLT

The Facebook feedback to the bus lift idea was classic:

Do you want to die? Because that’s how you die.

Don’t tempt me. I can use that!

Why is the bus on a lift, in the middle of the road. Let’s not talk about the 8″ wide rear tires. Or this billboard in the background.

That’s impressive as hell if it’s real but I honestly cannot see it. Just the mechanics of it scream hell no.

The art of the joke
We made the introductory paragraph innocent enough… sort of:

The QuickJack BL-35000XXXLT is a portable bus lifting system capable of lifting massive buses, dumpster trucks and even city train cars. Roll these supersized frames out of storage and simply slide them somehow under a bus. It’s that easy to perform roadside wheel service on truly heavy-duty machinery. Best of all, our portable bus lift can be zip-tied to the undercarriages of most municipal transport vehicles. Take QuickJack with you for every stop along the way!

By the time you get to zip ties, the light is probably turning on. Another little Easter egg for you: the billboard in the background shows a family with some weird contraption to the right. That’s actually our 2017 April Fools’ joke, which landed on the BendPak blog. The RP50FJC Fruit Juice and Oil Filter Crusher by Ranger is not a real thing… thank goodness.

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Ranger makes juice? Ewww…

We have fun.

Best Spring Car Detailing with AMMO NYC and QuickJack

Larry Kosilla of AMMO NYC just put out a great video on getting your car ready for spring. The cleanest vehicle needs the best car detailing tools, as well as a bit of extra dedication from you, because you want this done right! Right? The fruits of your labor will be a longer-lasting, better looking and better-protected vehicle. If you follow Larry’s advice and perform a full detail of your car once at the start of spring and once at the end of autumn, you’re going to be a happier driver overall. QuickJack is going to come into play here too, so don’t forget to pull that car lift out of winter hibernation, dust it off and put it to work for the wheel service portion of the job.

You can watch the full video below. It’s only 15 minutes long, but the advice he gives will rid your vehicle of salt, grime and other buildup for months to come.

Major takeaways
There are a few main points in this video. One, you need the right equipment, and AMMO NYC has everything you need. All equipment listed below is Larry’s own brand. As YouTube’s arguably most famous and widely respected car detailer, his products are top quality and will get the job done right.

AMMO Interior Regimen
This cleaner works like a charm, even on tough stains. Larry recommends you start your bi-annual car detailing by cleaning out the interior. Stains, dust, dirt, etc. all accumulate inside the car. By getting that out first, your interior will dry faster, so you can use your car sooner after the detail is complete (without getting wet-butt… it’s a thing). 

AMMO Paint Regimen
Your car paint is precious. A well-kept paint job retains the value of your vehicle, looks nice and prevents rust. Larry has an intense and extremely effective regiment for keeping the paint clean. The less detailing you do throughout the year, the more you’ll want to put into your spring car detail.

AMMO Wheel Regimen
This is what separates the chumps from the champs. Or, as Larry might put it, the crazy people from everyone else. But “crazy” can be good, if by crazy you mean someone who wants to protect their wheels, rims, suspension, shocks and wheel wells from rust, leaks and other signs of damage. Of course, you’ll need your QuickJack portable car lift in order to lift the wheels off the ground for removal.

Our favorite pro tip
When Larry removes the wheels off his Subaru Outback, he’s careful to put each wheel next to the vehicle corner he took it from. This is important because it allows him to rotate his wheels (do so according to your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations). If you just pile the wheels off to the side, you’re probably not going to remember how to rotate them. Obviously, wheel rotations are another great use for QuickJack, even if you’re not detailing anything else.

So, do you need to get salt and other debris off your car? AMMO NYC has you covered for your spring car detailing. Now’s the time to roll out the QuickJack, grab a pair of headphones, play your favorite tunes and have some fun cleaning.

QuickJack Maintenance: Hybrid and Electric Cars

Hybrid and electric cars have a reputation for being tricky little devils when it comes to home auto repair. However, the reality is that there is actually plenty of maintenance you can do at home, and QuickJack can help with that. If you and/or your family members use hybrid and electric cars for daily drivers, don’t be shocked to see your regularly scheduled maintenance become less frequent and less costly.

The most significant cost you might someday face with a hybrid is battery replacement, which can range from $3,000 – $5,000 (or more). Since hybrid batteries on a new Toyota hybrid (arguably the most trustworthy and experienced hybrid battery maker) come with an 8-year/100,000 mile warranty, you’re covered for a longer period of time than most powertrain warranties on gas vehicles. So, even if your battery needs to be replaced in that time, it’s covered under warranty.

All things considered, a new or gently worn hybrid or electric battery system from a reputable company should last a long while. Battery replacement is similar in cost to transmission replacement, and since the use of the battery reduces wear on the transmission, you’re less likely to need to replace the transmission. In other words, gas-powered cars may one-day experience transmission failure, and hybrid and electric cars may one-day experience battery failure. Pick your poison.

Here are some additional QuickJack maintenance ideas for hybrid and electric cars.

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Brake pads
Hybrid/electric systems usually use a brake system called regenerative braking, which harnesses electricity to store in the battery. When the brake pedal is applied, less wear occurs on the brake pads. That means you can drive significantly farther without having to change the brake pads. The pads should last at least 40,000 miles before requiring a change. They can even go as far as 75,000 miles. QuickJack is going to make those changes easy and safe, saving you a few hundred bucks at the shop for each set of tires.

Suspension work
QuickJack leaves vehicle suspensions hanging, so accessing front and rear suspensions no different than any combustion vehicle. If struts or shocks ever need to be replaced, which is probably a once-in-a-vehicle-lifetime occurrence, if ever, QuickJack makes suspension replacement and tuning easy.

Hybrid battery maintenance
This is the only task on the list that doesn’t require QuickJack, but it’s important, so it should be included. Your battery system is mostly zero-maintenance, but it does use water that needs to be refilled occasionally. Check on that while you’re doing other repairs, or at least take a peek once a month. Transmission fluid and coolants should be checked at that time too.

Oil changes (hybrid only)
This is no more complicated than it is on any combustion engine, despite what we hear about how hard it is to work on new cars. Sure, there might be an engine cover to take off, but that’s why you need QuickJack. Our car lift will give you the clearance you need to unbolt the cover and access the oil drain. Simple tasks like changing your oil can be time-consuming without a lift, so even if this is the most common maintenance you perform, QuickJack will make the job safer and faster than with any other means of lifting a vehicle. Oil only needs to be changed on hybrids every 7,500 miles or so, depending on your vehicle. Between QuickJack and your hybrid system, that’s a lot of savings, in both time and money.

Tire rotations
QuickJack is the only portable car lift that lets you perform all your auto maintenance. Other wheel-engaging home lifts still require a hydraulic jack to lift the wheel off the ramp/platform, whereas QuickJack engages your vehicle’s frame and gets it to the perfect height for tire rotations in your home garage or driveway. And since you don’t have to set stands at every corner and just hope that nothing’s going to get nudged and fall on you, QuickJack offers greater peace-of-mind. You’re more likely to keep up with your scheduled maintenance work if you feel safe, and that alone makes QuickJack worth every penny.

QuickJack Will Double Your Warranty!

Good news! QuickJack is now offering a 2-year extended limited warranty!

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For years, we’ve offered our portable lift with a standard one-year limited warranty. In that time, QuickJack has proven itself to be an enduring, high-quality product. But we’re always looking to give you more of what you ask for. And these days, it’s not just the quality of the product that people look at when making a purchasing decision. The warranty behind the product matters just as much. We’re confident enough in our portable lift systems to stand behind them 110% with this new extended warranty. We’re excited about it and hope you are too.

Good Timing for a Good Investment
We get it. When you make a big investment, you want a big warranty option. QuickJack is a smart investment for auto lovers, wrenchers, grease monkeys and gearheads (are we missing anyone?) of any experience level. It isn’t some dinky toy or electronic gadget that’s going to be outdated in six months, which means you can expect it to last and work for years on end.

The extended warranty is insurance for your lift. That matters because QuickJack is your investment, and we want to honor your choice to spend your hard-earned money with us. We’re taking it upon ourselves to do everything in our power to earn your complete satisfaction. For two years, everything covered under the terms of the limited warranty will be at our expense. It’s a zero-risk purchase that won’t break your bank. But it will protect your investment, and we’re proud to say that’s a VERY GOOD thing.

We recommend familiarizing yourself with QuickJack’s limited warranty policy, as terms and conditions do apply.

Common Misconceptions About Hydraulic Lifts

 Whenever a new technology comes along, it’s natural for some companies who are stuck in the ways of the past to try to downplay the latest and greatest achievements of others. Of course, every automotive product, QuickJack included, is going to face certain questions. Is it safe? Is it worth it? Is it going to last? Will they offer support? Is there a warranty?

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Stunning look of QuickJack’s offered rise

At QuickJack, it’s our job to show you why our hydraulic lift will make your life better over working with jacks and stands. This article will address the common misconceptions people have about hydraulic lifts (QuickJack in particular). These misconceptions have been not-so-secretly spread by others in the industry. Ultimately, we have to throw it back to you, the consumer, to decide.

Misconception #1: Hydraulic lifts are less safe
Slinging mud when it comes to safety is always done in bad taste. For one, you can often determine a lift’s safety standards by studying two factors: 1) safety certification, and 2) company reputation. Everything else is just voodoo nonsense and marketing fluff. In fact, the only “unsafe” brands are those no-name knockoffs that ship from godknowswhere overseas, and even then it’s not quite right to call them unsafe. They just offer significantly fewer protections and backup measures than would a brand-name lift. But again, you can always check the certifications, or lack thereof, if you want to know the truth behind a company’s claims.

Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) Certification matters on many full-size lifts, but it isn’t applicable on some lift structures. For instance, QuickJack is ineligible for ALI certification. That’s simply because a low-rise pantograph lift does not achieve a 3:1 safety lift rating in the first 6 inches or so of lift. The physics of the design simply won’t allow for it. This remains true of virtually every scissor lift you’ve ever seen. Doesn’t make them less safe, necessarily, but for better or worse, that’s one of the factors ALI demands for certification.

*shrug*

That’s why we took an alternative route and sought to certify QuickJack under an extremely rigorous European standard. You’re not hearing about the “unsafe quality of European lifts,” are you? No. It’s a perfectly acceptable standard, called the 98/37/EC Machinery Directive and the Harmonized Standard for vehicle lifts, EN-1493, and it’s one of many reasons QuickJack stands out in the car lift market.

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Extreme low-profile access

Misconception #2: Hydraulic lifts rock back and forth or “tip” while people work
This is a rather malicious claim in itself. Whether this claim is directed at a two-post, frame-engaging scissor lift or QuickJack, it’s just a lie meant to scare people away unnecessarily. QuickJack’s amazing structure is virtually tip-proof when used under normal circumstances. We’ve not heard of a single instance of a vehicle tipping over or rocking unexpectedly on QuickJack.

In fact, 99% of car lift errors are user-inflicted wounds. They occur when operators get a little too complacent and start lifting vehicles at places other than the manufacturer-recommended jack points. Never lift from anywhere other than the exact points recommended by the manufacturer of your vehicle. The fact that someone out there is willing to scare you into thinking there’s a “tipping issue” with frame-engaging hydraulic lifts is problematic to us. They’re insulting your intelligence!

Along these lines, there’s another misconception that the frame of any portable lift or scissor lift has to reach the entire wheelbase of the vehicle. This is wrong as well. Wherever the jack points (we call them lift points) are on a vehicle, that’s how far the frames need to go, so QuickJack’s rubber blocks can contact them. That’s all that’s needed to achieve a balanced lift.

Misconception #3: $1,500 will get you a good, full-size professional-grade car lift
All we can say to this is, “Meh.” The QuickJack BL-5000SLX assembly is $1,340. For that you get the whole shebang, from the power unit to the hydraulic frame assembly to the fittings and accessories. And that’s because we throw the book—the safety book, that is—into engineering, design and testing. Most people who buy QuickJack can’t fit a two-post in their garage, so they opt for the next best thing.

There’s an argument out there, however, that a few hundred more will get you a perfectly good full-size lift. Well, that’s already ignoring the fact that two-post structures take up more space than some can afford. And for $200 more, if you think you’re getting a lift that’s fully certified and built to the exacting standards of an ALI Certified lift (the preferred certification for two-posts), we ask you to think again. Those $1,500 lifts are generally uncertified and lack the backup safety systems, rugged construction, extended warranty and over-engineered components of a high-quality lift, such as BendPak. Not that this is a biased blog, or anything…

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Full access to wheels and brakes

Long story short, don’t look at the $1,500 price tag as a “deal.” Look at it in terms of long-term maintenance costs down the road in cables, sheaves, hydraulics and other internal components that will go out, and you will have to pony up to replace them. And parts that need replacement obviously have a negative effect on safety.

Misconception #4: Hydraulic parts are difficult to replace
Have you seen our amazing parts replacement page on our website? QuickJack sells every part and component found in the car lift assembly, including frame/cylinder assemblies and even the individual cylinders.

Misconception #5: There’s not enough overhead room to work 
QuickJack gets up to 21″ with stacked rubber blocks, and a bit more height is possible with the truck adapter set, but many people work comfortably with just the small block or large block. Would an extra inch or two really make that much of a difference? Depends who you ask. Virtually everyone who uses our lift is beyond impressed with its capabilities. As it stands, a fully raised QuickJack is more than enough room to pull a transmission or exhaust system, in addition to countless other undercarriage repairs.

Check out this video of a race crew using QuickJack for an emergency fix on-the-spot at the track.  

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Trouble with transmission drops? Not with QuickJack.

In summary
Don’t believe in hype. Believe in claims that can be backed up with evidence. And if you don’t want to take our word for it, we encourage you to check out our QuickJack Facebook page and scroll through the comments. There you’ll find thousands of satisfied customers do most of our sales for us through word-of-mouth. So check it out!

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Wheel service made easy!

How to Convert to a Full Auto Repair Shop

The decision to convert a quick-lube stop to a full-service auto shop is a big one, and it doesn’t happen overnight without a large investment upfront. To avoid taking out risky loans or getting in over your head too quickly, the smartest way to convert your shop and offer the best auto service is to make a business plan and stick to it. Figure out your budget, your training/staffing needs and a timeline to make it happen.

This article explains how QuickJack might play into such a plan for less than you might think. We’ll also provide a few tips to help you get the most for your money and start a versatile shop without spending more than necessary in the early stages of your shop conversion. Let’s begin!

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QuickJack’s leaves the smallest possible footprint

Consider Available Space
Space is a huge factor when converting from a limited-service model (lube stop or tire shop) to a full-service bay. This is especially true because you’re going to need several pieces of equipment, in addition to what lifts your customers’ cars. A basic full-service shop will need, at minimum: a frame-engaging car lift, an alignment lift, a wheel aligner, a wheel balancer, a tire changer, and a brake lathe.

No Room to Spare?
If space is tight, and you don’t want to bolt anything down just yet, start with QuickJack. A portable car lift will roll wherever you need it and lift up to 7,000 lbs. More than likely, you already have a low-rise or mid-rise lift in your shop, so a QuickJack assembly will double your vehicle lifting capabilities right off the bat. Since it’s open-center, one tech can work underneath while another changes tires or balances wheels.

Eventually, you’ll probably want to invest in a full two-post lift with at least a 10,000-lb. capacity to handle larger vehicles. But even if a full-height car lift becomes your primary service lift, not even the best auto shop will outgrow QuickJack. It can always be used as a backup or emergency lift during busy or down periods. It can also be brought to any broken-down car in need of repair (as opposed to bringing the car to the lift), which makes QuickJack unlike any other hydraulic lift in the world.

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Auto shops need room to work, and QuickJack has it

But What Do Customers Really Want?
The success of your business will largely depend on return business and positive customer relations. However, higher-quality equipment will keep your techs happier and feeling more efficient, which will translate to faster turnaround and improved customer satisfaction. Cover the basics first. QuickJack will get you started by providing a cost-efficient way to safely lift and service countless vehicles, day in and day out. If there’s a need for engine and transmission repairs in your area, or other specialty services outside the realm of basic wheel, tire, brake, oil change services, etc., you can work up to the equipment required to expand into those fields.

Wheel Alignments: The Cherry On Top
Ultimately, the services you offer are largely dependent on cash liquidity. If you only do oil changes and want to take the next logical step, go for tire/wheel equipment. QuickJack will make that possible, and an open-center design can be flush-mounted right over your pit. Next, you can start expanding into alignment services. Make sure you have the ability to service light-duty trucks and SUVs, and hire ASE certified technicians who can perform engine diagnostics and basics parts replacements/repairs.

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Build your auto service capabilities with QuickJack

Wheel aligning services take are a must-have for any full-service shop, and while a wheel aligner is a major investment, it’s also a huge profit-maker. Best of all, an alignment lift doubles as a four-post lift, and a rolling bridge jack will get the wheels off the lift for wheel service. If you feel inclined, you can actually eliminate the need for a two-post lift by investing in QuickJack and an alignment lift (with the rolling bridge jack). Between those hoisting tools and the additional wheel service equipment you need, you have a fully functional auto repair shop. Since QuickJack maxes out at 7,000 lbs., consider investing in a heavier-duty alignment lift.

Bottom line: if you can get a vehicle 21″+ in the air (with QuickJack), you can immediately purchase tire/wheel service equipment without investing in another lift. Set an expansion plan and stick to it. Think in terms of months and years, not overnight success.

BIG SALE! Only Two Days Remaining!

QuickJack is rounding out 2018 with a big sale on QuickJack. But, there are only two days left! Once the ball drops on 2018, there’s no going back. What started as an early holiday present has turned into a New Year’s last-minute blitz to get you the best deal of the year on QuickJack. Just watch the video below to find out what it is!

Looking Back is Looking Ahead
The more we look back on 2017, the more we see how many accomplishments lie ahead. There’s plenty left in the tank, so to speak, and in many ways, we’re just getting started. In the past year alone, we unveiled a new line of QuickJack models, the extended-length EXT series, as well as several product upgrades and improvements; the power units were even redesigned; our SLX lifts were upgraded to be 2” shorter overall to better fit under small-wheelbase vehicles (without sacrificing QuickJack’s lift point spread).

Not to mention, we greatly expanded our presence on YouTube. The QuickJack Quick Tips series has been updated weekly for the majority of 2017, and we’re doing even more with it in 2018. That means more tips and tricks, and more ways to connect with us! If there’s something you’d like to see in 2018, please watch our Quick Tip and drop us a comment.

Subscribing on YouTube is the best way to keep in touch with us. You’ll also be the first to learn about product updates and new releases, not to mention great discounts like the one we’re offering now.

Have a great new year, and we’ll see you again in 2018!

What’s Next for QuickJack in 2018?

2017 is almost over, which is hard to believe (we know). This has arguably been the busiest year since QuickJack was first invented. Our car lift went through several big updates, and we released several new products, such as pinch-weld blocks and the JackPak portable jump starter. We also released the extended-length EXT series for vehicles with longer wheelbases. This raises the question, “What’s next for QuickJack in 2018?” As it turns out, a lot! Here’s what we know so far.

New BL-6000XLT car lift model
The 6,000-lb. capacity BL-6000XLT features a super-long frame that’s meant for high-end electric vehicles with very long wheelbases. Some of these vehicles have wheelbases so long, the EXT series isn’t long enough. The XLT model will be the first low-rise car lift capable of lifting these vehicles, so it’ll be a must-have tool for detail shops and auto shops that want a zero-footprint lift to work on electric vehicles. As electric vehicles become more popular, we expect to see more of them in home garages too. This means DIY’ers are going to want a means to safely conduct simple repairs. We have more to say about our electric vehicle car lift here. Estimated availability: spring of 2018.

Rendering of red Tesla on a QuickJack car lift.
Electric vehicle on QuickJack BL-6000XLT

Bolt-on extension frame for SLX models
This is an exciting new development that effectively makes your BL-5000SLX or BL-7000SLX the same length as an EXT model (it adds 6″). The extension is made to accommodate the SLX frame as it currently exists, so the bolts fit right into the current design. The frame is machined from durable stainless steel, and it offers a safety rating comparable to the actual EXT frame. This means you can lift your longer-wheelbase vehicle and keep it raised indefinitely. When you’re done, unbolting is a fast and simple process that puts your SLX back to its original form. The extension frame is a smart solution for anyone lifting multiple vehicles with varied wheelbases. Keep in mind, though, the extension adds 1.5″ to the overall collapsed height of the frames. Estimated availability: spring of 2018.

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Bolt-on extension accessory increases lift point spread 6″

New 50,000 sq. ft. expansion coming 2018
To keep up with increasing demand, we’re expanding our headquarters for the second year in a row. In 2017, we unveiled a 70,000 sq. ft. shipping and receiving facility that has allowed us to hold more product and come closer to our ultimate goal of achieving 100% same-day shipping. The new 50,000 sq. ft. building will offer yet another increase in efficiency. The more space we have, the more product we can hold, the faster we can ship to you, and the more we can do to control costs and increase value. We expect to break ground on the expansion early 2018 and complete construction that same year.

Rendering of BendPak's 50,000 sq. ft. 2018 expansion.
Rendering of BendPak’s 50,000 sq. ft. 2018 expansion

New Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
For even more effective same-day delivery and after sale service, we’re adopting new methods to improve interactions with customers. Some of this is software-related, but the result will be faster response times, more accurate answers, improved record-keeping and smoother cross-departmental communication. We’re pretty excited about it.

More incentives to stay tuned
Throughout the year, subscribers to our Instagram, Facebook, YouTube channel and email subscriber list have been treated to special deals, alerts on important updates and other cool news. There’s a lot coming in 2018, so be sure to stay tuned to get exclusive deals and info on everything QuickJack.